Calle Ocho, Little Havana, Miami

Experience Cuban culture on Calle Ocho in Little Havana

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Calle Ocho (Southwest 8th Street) is the lively main thoroughfare in Little Havana, the best known neighborhood for Cuban exiles in the world.

The street is lined with coffee counters, beauty salons and barber shops, little food markets, art galleries, dollar stores, botanicas filled with candles and statues that are part of the Santeria Afro-Caribbean religion, cafes, Cuban nostalgia shops, and bakeries offering racks of crusty Cuban bread and guava pastries.

Cuban Memorial Plaza at Southwest 13th Avenue and Southwest 8th Street.

Walkway of the Stars along Calle Ocho includes tributes to Sammy Sosa, Maria Conchita Alonso, Thalia, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, and Gloria Estefan, among others.

Lily’s Records  has a huge selection of Latin music representing Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Bachata, Latin rock, salsa, etc.

Tower Theater at 1508 SW 8th St. Built in 1926, the masonry vernacular building, which had art deco touches added later, was the first theater in Miami-Dade County to offer titles in Spanish.

Latin Quarter Cultural Center, a private, nonprofit group that helped save the theater from the wrecking ball and hosts concerts, exhibits, talks, and other gatherings. The group organizes “Cultural Fridays” on the last Friday of each month, when art galleries along Calle Ocho between 14th and 17th avenues throw open their doors and live music fills the street.

El Pub outdoor coffee counter at 1548 SW 8th St. The dining room here is a favorite meeting place for Miami’s business and political elite.

Casa Panza, site of mesmerizing flamenco shows (beginning at 8 p.m.) and candlelight sing-alongs of a prayer to the Virgin of the Dew.

Original from nationalgeographic